Happy Belated Birthday, Her Excellency Madina Giovanni Fazzini Joho!
For the Mombasa County First Lady, leadership has little to do with dominance and a great deal to do with understanding the problems and motivations of other people.
Madina lives by the doctrine that giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping, because giving gives you purpose, when you have a purpose-driven life, you are a happier person!
The only difference is that passion is her foundation for giving. It is not about how much she gives, but how much love she puts into giving.
That largely explains why she co-founded and currently runs the Joho Foundation, which was started way long before her husband, Governor Hassan Joho got into active politics, way before he became Kisauni MP.
Madina was instrumental in Joho’s political career that started taking shape in 2004 and as her husband threw his hat into the political ring in the run up to vying for the Kisauni seat in 2007, Madina had opened her eyes to the needs around her. She noticed the people who needed her help.
Thanks to her overwhelming ‘behind the curtains’ strategies and a people driven campaign agenda, Joho was overwhelmingly elected as the Kisauni MP through ODM.
She jumped into the role of a politician’s spouse, service to others became a priority for Madina and she joyfully paid the price, to-date!-sometimes money, sometimes time, sometimes reputation and almost always, energy.
To-date, Madina has secured close to 10,000 scholarships for needy students and mentored more than 9,000 girls on social, health and economic aspects. All this, with a quiet demeanor while in the shadow of her more prominent husband.
Under her leadership and that of her husband, the Hassan Joho Foundation was officially established in 2008. Today, the foundation is credited for numerous social projects in Mombasa County and the Coast region that have positively impacted on the lives of many people within the communities.
I (this writer) for once, witnessed her campaign skills and strategies that was Joho’s support base and strength when he was campaigning for the Kisauni seat back in 2006-2007.
The Foundation is involved in various initiatives in Education, Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, Sports, Orphanages and Drug Rehabilitation initiatives within the County.
Activities over the last seven years include the construction and modernization of primary and secondary schools with over Ksh100m donated to date; the provision of water through sinking of boreholes, bursaries that educate over 1,000 students per annum, sponsorship of various sporting activities and providing support of community policing and drug rehabilitation programmes within Mombasa County.
In recent years, the Mombasa-based Foundation has expanded, and its achievements is a story for another day. Most recently, the foundation has embarked on outreach programmes involving distribution of foodstuffs in parts of Mombasa county to various orphanages.
Under the patronage of the governor, a comprehensive program on distribution of foodstuffs has targeted institutions like: Likoni school for the blind, Madrassatul bofu (ophanage), Children’s living with HIV orphanage, Firdaus children centre, Jicho la huruma children centre, Richland house children centre boys and Siblings children centre in Likoni.
The gorgeous Madina, mom-in-chief…Mombasa County First Lady…
The drop dead gorgeous First Lady, who is rated among the top three most beautiful spouses to Governors in the 47 Counties is the quiet and arguably introverted type.
She is the mom-in chief, to three adorable daughters Umm Kulthum, Rahma and Amina. Not forgetting the all grown up and handsome son, Shaheed and is still second in command to her husband as she holds the fort at home.
Madina has silently sacrificed and devoted her time to helping the needy, supporting widows, rescuing orphans and providing homes to the poor and afflicted, over the years, something she doesn’t brag about it or solicit for LIKES on Facebook. Her work, plans, massively overwhelming achievements for almost two decades is tangible.
Being Mrs Madina Joho.
For Madina, giving an orphan or a helpless widow, hope through life changing resources, the smiles that give them that chance to see their hope turn into something tangible, is far much worth it, than seeking unnecessary media attention, or reacting to all sorts of rumours and so called scandals about her husband.
She has done an excellent job, keeping her family affairs private and far away from the public limelight.
Madina and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho are married under Islamic law and they are blessed with four adorable children. She is hardly seen in public unlike other County First Ladies.
Family and friends recently celebrated her birthday in a lavish party. She may have managed to stay away from the public eye, but she is still second in command to her husband as she holds the fort at home and runs several family businesses including those that she and her husband own.
She is content with keeping a low profile unlike her husband who is always making headlines.
She is a dignified, private person and she will deal with personal life in private and it’s no one’s business’!
Madina prefers to keep a small circle of friends and family. Those close to her depict a well-educated, humble lady who shuns the limelight. She is friendly, humble, hardworking and she is also apparently, pursuing a Master of Business degree.
How does she do it?, how can she remain sane in the midst of all that come with the position her husband holds?
That is a question that many ask? How does she manage to stay deaf to all sorts of rumours surrounding her husbands alleged affairs, or more depressing allegations of the governor’s name being linked to drug trafficking?
The Governor has fought many battles, in court, in parliament and in public, especially those that link him to drug trafficking, for years. At one point, he went emotional, narrating how those reports were affecting his children and family.
Madina’s attitude baffles many, and more so, how she deals with all these, especially based on the fact that she is the First Lady.
Well, she is one strong willed human being. She will defend and protect her family as a wife and a mother. There is no doubt she has done a tremendous job, keeping her children away from all this chaotic political life that comes with having a Governor for the head of the family.
It is said that people who talk less really are smarter!
It is easy to assume that the most outspoken, opinionated person in the room is the most intelligent. In fact, this isn’t always the case.
The quietest people are the smartest people; the ones who talk less have the most brainpower.
They are the Introverts. They are the creative types, the geniuses who get stimulation from learning rather than socializing.
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion.
You may not have noticed them. They prefer to fly under the radar. Silently producing the best work and the most incredible art.
Quiet people are chronic over thinkers. They dissect every single factor in a conversation. Speaking doesn’t come easily, as they take it very seriously.
Quiet, intelligent people focus their energy on creating. They aren’t spending their free time out at a bar, they are spending it reading and writing.
I also read somewhere that quiet people have stronger brains because they take time to reflect.
It’s the quiet people who devote time to meditation. Their brains get stronger because they don’t just hear things, they analyze them!
The smartest people are the ones who are quietly listening and absorbing everything that is being said around them. These people have the most of the knowledge because they are processing words instead of speaking them.
Their thoughts and opinions arrive from knowledge that has been meticulously collected and curated. When you listen, you become a better decision maker.
I adore my wife-Governor Hassan Joho
If you had any doubts about that sub headliner, then you are far from the truth.
Governor Joho adores his wife, and respects her role as a career woman, a business person. In fact, he is proud of her!
Governor Joho adores his wife and describes her as an ‘eminent business person who does not give much attention to ‘petty issues’
He recently stated when asked about his wife, her whereabouts and why she has kept off the limelight, all these years of his political career.
“Madina is an eminent business person. She runs several businesses and her busy schedules does not allow her to engage in petty matters or unnecessarily seek media attention,”-Governor Hassan Ali Joho.
Madina is a strong-willed person who has never let negative rumours or the so-called scandals surrounding her husband bring the family down.
Those who know her, say there is no mystery. She is just a cautious person and shares very little of her desire for the limelight.
“She is staying true to herself. She is focused and knows exactly what she wants to achieve and the First Lady. She is not one to seek out attention or photo ops. She is an amazing mum, wife and serving the people of Mombasa, in her own way and style,” says a source who is close to the family.
She is not only the force behind the growth of Governor Joho’s business empire, she is also compassionate, and runs the Joho Foundation, ‘behind the curtains’ and all this with a quiet demeanor while in the shadow of her more prominent husband.
From those who know her, Madina is a woman of her word. She has a respectable reputation based on the consistency of her word. She keeps her promises and obligations.
She is known amongst her friends and family as someone who is dependable.
She is a woman of substance, talented in all areas, no wonder she understands and speaks up to seven different languages.
She has been there for her husband, right from the word go and her role in his election and re-election as Governor was strategic and quite successful.
She recently celebrated her birthday, now in her very early 30s, perhaps another phase of greater things to come. Now that Governor Joho has declared interest in the Presidency come 2022, Madina may just have a major role in it!. She is a First Lady to watch out for!
That said, a former US First Lady, the late Nancy Reagan, acknowledged she had the ear of her husband. She penned this in her 1989 memoir:
“In most good marriages that I know of, the woman is her husband’s closest friend and adviser… But however the first lady fits in, she has a unique and important role to play in looking after her husband. And it’s only natural that she’ll let him know what she thinks. I always did that for Ronnie and I always will.”
Have a nice one…. Wont you?!